The Nightmare Before Christmas

What started off years ago as a simple Scottish Skeleton Clan Army, has quickly evolved into something so much more. Now, every year there is a new theme, which requires serious amounts of advance thought and several grueling hours to execute. This year’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” theme, may just be my favorite so far. So much so, that I am seriously considering revisiting it every five years. So, grab a candy cane, put on some Christmas music, and get ready to take a gander at what’s happening this year in The Historic Herndon Halloween House graveyard.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Not only is tinsel cheap but it’s also extremely festive. It was an inexpensive, easy, and colorful way to add a little bit of Christmas to our usual Halloween scene.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

This black and white tartan stocking is one of my favorite finds from after Christmas last year. It pretty much screamed Halloween in a Scottish accent.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

A few well-placed poinsettias help to set the scene. I picked these particular ones because they reminded me of blood.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

There is nothing quite so happy as a skeleton decorating a tree.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

I never, never, ever, ever allow colored lights in or on our house for Christmas but for Halloween, I’m willing to make an exception.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

You’ll find that most white Christmas trees have a habit of turning yellow or brown after a few years. Instead of throwing last year’s yellowing tree away, I made sure to save it just for use this year in our display.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

A few tartan poinsettias here and there throughout the graveyard totally help to set the Scottish clan mood.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Our skeletons are never so busy that can’t they stop and say hi to passersby, especially, when they’ve gotten into the eggnog.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

A $5 clearance North Pole sign from Target? Yes, you better believe I snatched that one up right away.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

A few special ornaments here and there blend well with the shatter-proof ones that I picked up for a steal.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

You’ll notice that several stockings have been hung in the graveyard with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

The Dr. Suess Grinch Tree is probably one of my favorite things in the yard this year. It also helped us to get rid of several leftover cans of random spray paint.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Yes, that is a dog hat on a skeleton. Last year, I was on the lookout for anything that I could use to deck my skeleton guys out in.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Sadly, I had a hard time finding hats last year after Christmas. Thankfully, I did happen upon a few of these sequin ones.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

After dressing the clan and arranging them in the yard, I realized that something was missing. Their weapons. After digging in a few bins, the problem was resolved.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

I’m pretty sure our mailman must think we’re crazy. This is his view from our front porch each day when he delivers the mail.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Tinsel, colored lights, and weapons? I think this skeleton is ready for battle.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

It doesn’t take much to turn an ordinary Halloween skeleton into a Chrismas skeleton.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

You’ll notice that our wreaths and garland are already up on the house with a few Halloween touches added to them. After Halloween, we’ll take those little touches off and we’re set for Christmas.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

The most important thing to keep in mind when arranging the graveyard is layering. You want everyone to be able to see different things from several different angles.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

I spent over an hour hanging ornaments in trees around the yard. I’m fairly certain that the best way to take them off is going to be to just trim the trees. A lot more gentle on the hands too.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Candy canes. What would Halloween be without them? I was contemplating ordering a bunch of candy canes online to give out to the kids on Halloween night, however, I came to the decision that most kids hate candy canes, so it would probably just be a waste of money.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Smile, we’re almost done. Only a few pictures left.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

I promise.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

This is probably one of my favorite skeletons, perhaps because it is doing one of the things I love the most in this world. Decorating a Christmas tree.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

I had a few extra weapons leftover, so I decided that they would be great as Christmas tree decorations. Look close and you’ll see them.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

This picture only shows a hint of the colored lights that I hung along the fence line. It took about a hundred tiny zip ties to get those lights perfectly straight. I am proud of the job I did and consider myself an expert when it comes to hanging lights.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

That fence in the background caused me to break out in a rash for over two weeks. I’m fairly certain that I somehow got into poison ivy or some other rash-inducing plant that my skin did not agree with.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Thankfully skeletons don’t have skin, so it’s not a problem for them.

A look at The Historic Herndon Halloween House (Herndon, VA) 2017 "The Nightmare Before Christmas" themed Scottish Skeleton Clan Army.

Thanks again for visiting The Historic Herndon Halloween House. Stop on by to see what else we’ve done in the graveyard. There’s lighting, tombstones, and special Halloween and Christmas added touches that truly do make this historic home in Herndon, VA a sight to behold.




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  • Monika Dabrowski

    How very scary and creative! Thank you for sharing with FF:) Stumbled!

  • Laura Sampson

    Love this! Pinned it–thanks for linking up!